Making a difference for minorities: Evaluation of an educational enrichment program
Article first published online: 7 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume 41, Issue 9, pages 861–881, November 2004
How to Cite
Barlow, A. E.L. and Villarejo, M. (2004), Making a difference for minorities: Evaluation of an educational enrichment program. J. Res. Sci. Teach., 41: 861–881. doi: 10.1002/tea.20029
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 7 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Received: 7 JAN 2003
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Biology Education Program. Grant Number: 52003079
- Initiative for Minority Student Development
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Grant Number: 25GM 56765
A comprehensive, quantitative evaluation of an educational intervention program designed to reduce the attrition of minorities from the biological sciences was undertaken to ascertain whether such efforts adequately address the problem. Program participants had greater odds of persisting in basic math and science courses, and of graduating in biology, than did a comparison group, controlling for demographics and academic preparation. Undergraduate research greatly increased the odds of positive graduation outcomes. Program participants were also more likely to pursue graduate study than were university graduates overall. This evaluation demonstrates the value of such programs in increasing the representation of minorities in science. ? 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Res Sci Teach 41: 861-881, 2004.